Asian Glazed Salmon with Sambal Oelek

Moist, perfectly cooked salmon with a simple, spicy-sweet Asian-inspired glaze. Asian Glazed Salmon is sure to become an easy weeknight dinner favorite!

top down shot of plate of asian glazed salmon and rice with fork and rice in corner

A super simple salmon recipe that’s on the table in 15 minutes? With a spicy-sweet-tangy Asian glaze? Yes, please!

Why Asian Glazed Salmon?

Growing up in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, I ate salmon quite a bit. Rich in omega-3 fats, salmon is healthy, good for you, and readily available in most grocery stores.

The trick is not to overcook the salmon. Adding a glaze also enhances the full, fatty richness of salmon — rather than overpowering it.

To that end, I present Asian Glazed Salmon!

The broiling method results in moist, perfectly cooked salmon every time. And a simple, 4-ingredient Asian-inspired glaze is all you need. Bright and punchy with a spicy-sweet tang, it’s got lots of flavor and just enough spice to keep things exciting.

asian glazed salmon and rice on dark plate with fork with rice and salmon in background


  • Salmon. Choose Individual portions or one large filet. Both work. Adjust broil time accordingly!
  • Sambal Oelek. Malaysian/Indonesian fresh chile paste. The garlic and chilies are super flavorful and spicy. Sriracha is a good substitute, if you don’t have it.
  • Rice Vinegar. For that sharp, tangy kick of flavor!
  • Soy Sauce. For umami depth and richness.
  • Sugar. Can be subbed with maple syrup, honey, or agave.
bottle of sambal oelek


  1. Mix glaze in a small bowl.
  2. Brush glaze on salmon. (Make sure to brush the sides of the salmon, as well as the tops, several times.)
  3. BROIL on high heat (6-8 minutes) until the fish is cooked through.
  4. Serve with rice and steamed veggies.

PRO Tips:

  • Preheat the oven. A well pre-heated oven is the trick for moist, flaky Asian salmon recipes that’s not overcooked. Turn the broiler on high then set a timer for 10 minutes and let the oven heat up!
  • Look for salmon that’s even. That way, the salmon will be moist and perfectly cooked throughout.
  • Use parchment paper. For easy clean up. The glaze is quite messy and will get sticky when broiled.
  • Rotate salmon. About halfway through the cooking process, rotate the sheet pan so the salmon is evenly cooked.

Essential Tools:

  • Sheet Pan. A large, rimmed sheet pan that’s thick and won’t buckle in high heat is your BFF for this recipe! I like sheet pans from Nordic Ware.

What to serve with Asian Glazed Salmon:

The bright, punchy flavors of this Asian-inspired salmon pairs well with rice. I like fluffy and fragrant Coconut Rice, made in the Instant Pot. But white rice, brown rice, or even Korean Purple Rice all taste great, too.

As for sides, keep it simple and serve with steamed vegetables (broccoli, green beans, cabbage).


Can I reduce the spice?

Yes, absolutely! Simply halve the amount of Sambal Oelek.

Other easy dinner recipes you may enjoy:

top down shot of plate of asian glazed salmon and rice with fork and rice in corner

Asian Glazed Salmon with Sambal Oelek

The Subversive Table
Moist, perfectly cooked salmon with a simple, spicy-sweet glaze. Asian Glazed Salmon is sure to become a weeknight dinner favorite!
Prep Time 2 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American, Asian
Servings 4


  • sheet pan


  • 4 salmon fillets


  • 1 Tbsp sambal oelek
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp rice vinegar


  • Position oven rack 3-4 inches from the heat element. Preheat oven to BROIL for at least 10 minutes. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper or foil for easier clean up. Arrange salmon on sheet pan.
  • Mix glaze ingredients in bowl until sugar dissolves. Set aside.
    glaze for Asian Glazed salmon in white bowl
  • Brush glaze on the individual salmon fillets. Be generous with the glaze, making sure to brush the sides of the salmon as well as the tops, several times on each side.
    brushing glaze on salmon fillets
  • BROIL salmon for 6-8 minutes, rotating the sheet pan midway through, until fish is cooked through. The glaze should be caramelized with little brown spots here and there. The fish should be moist and flake easily.
    three asian glazed salmon fillets on black platter and grey napkin
  • Serve immediately with rice and steamed vegetables of your choice.
    top down shot of plate of asian glazed salmon and rice with fork and rice in corner


*The glaze can also be applied to a whole side of salmon instead of individual portions.  You may have to cook the salmon a bit longer.  Just check for doneness in the center of the salmon.  
Keyword Asian Glaze, Quick, Salmon, Sambal Oelek
15 minutes, All Recipes, Asian Inspired, Dinner with Friends, Main, Sheet Pan, Weeknight Meals


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  2. I made this tonight!! Turned out AMAZING and really easy to make!

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